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Are We Really Ourselves In the hustle and bustle of our crazy world we need to pause and ask ourselves if we are really sheep In saying the word sheep I am merely referring to most people as followers that do not possess the quality of leadership Introduction to Rereading America author Gary Colombo states As we grow up we accept a certain way of looking at the world and a certain way of thinking which should not be the case people need to try to make decisions that will pull them out of routines similar to everyones originality is something to keep in mind when trying to accomplish this goal 3 Mike Rose author of I Just Wanna Be Average borrowed Jack MacFarlands identity who was Roses mentor in his short story who then provided a critical perspective on society therefore helping Rose to establish his own identity 173 To accomplish individuality people must be open and yet skeptical to new ideas formulating themselves into critical beings 2 The educational system for example should include the opportunity for students to use critical thinking that is to question ideas and experience new ways of viewing the world My own educational experiences and Mike roses Voc Ed experiences illustrate the pit falls of not being taught to think for ones self Teachers are the building blocks of education They have the power to make or break someones academic progress with the strategy they use Many teachers import raw knowledge to students without helping them to think analytically Mike Rose gave many examples of ill prepared teachers including his English teacher who had the class reading and then rereading the text Julius Caesar for an entire semester 164 This obviously is not challenging to a student body in high school Many other instructors too often mimic this certain teachers strategy I can recall many times in my high school vocation were the syllabus of a teacher
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